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Casting announced for national tour of Hello, Dolly!
2018-08-11

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CHICAGO ( August 9, 2018 ) Producer Scott Rudin and Broadway In Chicago are delighted to announce the cast for the first national tour of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival of HELLO, DOLLY! starring Broadway legend, Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. The first national tour of HELLO, DOLLY! will play Broadway In Chicago's historic Oriental Theatre ( 24 W. Randolph ) for a limited four-week engagement October 23 through November 17, 2018.

The previously announced Ms. Buckley will be joined by Lewis J. Stadlen ( Horace Vandergelder ), Nic Rouleau( Cornelius Hackl ), Analisa Leaming ( Irene Molloy ), Jess LeProtto ( Barnaby Tucker ), Kristen Hahn ( Minnie Fay ), Garett Hawe ( Ambrose Kemper ), Morgan Kirner ( Ermengarde ), and Jessica Sheridan ( Ernestina ).

The ensemble will feature Maddy Apple, Daniel Beeman, Brittany Bohn, Giovanni Bonaventura, Elizabeth Broadhurst, Whitney Cooper, Julian DeGuzman, Wally Dunn, Alexandra Frohlinger, Dan Horn, Corey Hummerston, Madison Johnson, Nathan Keen, Beth Kirkpatrick, Ben Lanham, Ian Liberto, Kyle Samuel, Scott Shedenhelm, Timothy Shew, Maria Cristina Slye, Cassie Austin Taylor, Davis Wayne, Brandon L. Whitmore, and Connor Wince.

Led by four-time Tony Award-winning director Jerry Zaks and choreographed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, the entire creative team of the Broadway production reprises their roles for the national tour of HELLO, DOLLY!, including four-time Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto ( Scenic & Costume Design ), six-time Tony Award winner Natasha Katz( Lighting Design ), Tony Award winner Scott Lehrer ( Sound Design ), Andy Einhorn ( Music Supervision ), Robert Billig( Music Direction ), Tony Award winner Larry Hochman ( Orchestrations ), Tony Award winner Don Pippin ( Vocal Arrangements ), David Chase ( Dance Arrangements ), and Telsey + Company ( Casting ).

HELLO, DOLLY! began performances on Broadway on March 15, 2017, and officially opened on April 20, 2017. Having broken the record for best first day of ticket sales in Broadway history, the box office record at the Shubert Theatre twelve times, and shattering The Shubert Organization's all-time record ten times, this production will end its historic Broadway run on August 25, 2018.

For more information, visit www.hellodollyonbroadway.com

CAST BIOGRAPHIES

BETTY BUCKLEY ( Dolly Gallagher Levi ) called "The Voice of Broadway" by New York Magazine, is known as a legendary, multi-award-winning performer, and is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee and 2017 recipient of the Julie Harris Award for Artistic Achievement, given by The Actors Fund. Her Broadway credits include Triumph of Love ( Tony Award nomination ), Sunset Boulevard, Carrie ( Outer Critics Circle Award nomination ), Song and Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cats ( Tony Award ), Pippin, and 1776. Ms. Buckley's London stage credits include Dear World; Sunset Boulevard ( Olivier Award nomination ); and Promises, Promises ( Evening Standard Award nomination ). Off Broadway, her credits include Old Friends ( Drama Desk Award nomination ), White's Lies, Elegies, The Eros Trilogy, Juno's Swans, I Am Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. Regional: Grey Gardens ( Ovation Award nomination ), Old Friends, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Threepenny Opera, Buffalo Gal, Camino Real, Gypsy. Film: Split ( Saturn Award nomination ), The Happening, Wyatt Earp, Another Woman, Frantic, Tender Mercies, Carrie. Television: "Preacher," "Supergirl," Getting On," "The Leftovers," "Chicago Med," "Pretty Little Liars," "The Pacific," "OZ," "Law & Order: SVU," "Without a Trace," "Eight Is Enough." Recordings: 18 solo albums ( two Grammy Nominations ), most recently Hope released on Palmetto Records in June 2018. She has been a teacher of Scene Study and Song Interpretation for over 45 years. She has received two Honorary Doctorates for her contribution to the Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory and Marymount Manhattan College.

LEWIS J. STADLEN ( Horace Vandergelder ) is the recipient of the Irish Times Award for his performance at Dublin's Gate Theatre production of Arthur Miller's The Price. Broadway: The Front Page, Fish in the Dark, The Nance, The Producers, 45 Seconds From Broadway, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum ( Tony Award nomination ), The Female Odd Couple, Candide ( Tony nomination ), The Sunshine Boys, and Minnie's Boys ( Drama Desk Award, Outer Critic's Circle Award, and Theatre World Award ). He starred in the national tours of The Producers, Guys and Dolls, The Time of Your Life, Fiddler on the Roof, and Laughter on the 23rd Floor. His film credits include The Verdict, Serpico, To Be or Not To Be, and In & Out. Television: Dr. Fried onThe Sopranos.

NIC ROULEAU ( Cornelius Hackl ) recently finished a record 2,500 performances in The Book of Mormon. He has performed in The Book of Mormon on Broadway, in Chicago ( original cast ), on the national tour, and on the West End. Television credits include Daddy's Boy in Tina Fey's Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ( Netflix ) and the 2012 Tony Awards( CBS ). Other credits include Legally Blonde ( US national tour ) and Toy Story: The Musical ( Disney ). Education: Bachelor of Music Degree from New York University, Steinhardt.

ANALISA LEAMING ( Irene Molloy ). Broadway: School of Rock; Hello, Dolly!. New York: Pipe Dream, Where's Charley? ( Encores! ), The Mikado ( Carnegie Hall ). Tours: Annie, The Sound of Music. Regional: The Muny, Kansas City Starlight Theatre, North Shore Music Theater, Magic Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Infinity Theatre Company, Barrington Stage Company. Leaming is a Lotte Lenya Competition winner. Education: Bachelor of Music from Eastman School of Music.

JESS LePROTTO ( Barnaby Tucker ). Broadway: Carousel; Hello, Dolly!; Cats; On the Town; Newsies; Bye Bye Birdie; How the Grinch Stole Christmas; The Boy From Oz. National: "So You Think You Can Dance" tour, Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Television: "So You Think You Can Dance." LeProtto attends Pace University.

KRISTEN HAHN ( Minnie Fay ). Broadway: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder ( Miss Barley ), Our Town starring Paul Newman ( Westport Country Playhouse ). Regional: Grazia in Death Takes a Holiday ( Arvada Center ). Film: 5 Flights Up, Our Town ( PBS/Showtime ). Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance from Carnegie Mellon.

GARETT HAWE ( Ambrose Kemper ). Broadway: Carousel, Newsies, Matilda, Mary Poppins. Tour: The 101 Dalmatians Musical, Mary Poppins, Wicked. Regional: Gypsy ( The Cape Playhouse ), Bye Bye Birdie ( Sacramento Music Circus ), Newsies ( Paper Mill Playhouse ). Television: "Peter Pan Live!," "Nurse Jackie." Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

MORGAN KIRNER ( Ermengarde ). Regional: The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Merrily We Roll Along, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical. Film: The Fifth Door,The Great White Way, Beautifully Cruel. Education: Boston Conservatory.

JESSICA SHERIDAN ( Ernestina ). Broadway/NYC: Hello, Dolly!; Sister Act; Follies; Mary Poppins; Les Misarables; Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tours: The Bridges of Madison County, The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, How to Succeed..., Footloose. Film: The Producers. Television: "Liza Live from Radio City Music Hall." Award nominations: Ovation Award ( Lead Actress in a Musical ) and LA Weekly Award ( Musical Performance ).


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